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2011 Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Reports

The Drake University Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Reports are posted on the web for review by employees, prospective employees, students, prospective students, and parents. The web site is /security/annual_report.php  A hard copy of this report may be obtained by stopping at the Drake University Campus Security Department, located at 1227-25th Street on the Drake Campus, or by telephone (515) 271-2222, to request a hard copy be sent in the mail.

This notification is in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1092(f), and with the provision of the Higher Education Opportunity Act pertaining to campus fire safety information and statistics, 20 U.S.C. § 1092(i).

If you have a specific question regarding these annual reports please call the Drake University Campus Security Department at (515) 271-2222.

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Annual Security Report

A Secure and Safe Campus
Drake University is proactive in one of its most important goals — ensuring the safety and security of our students and campus community.

OUR MISSION: A SAFE, SECURE CAMPUS
The mission of Drake Campus Security is to provide a safe and secure environment for students, faculty, staff and campus visitors.

Drake Security strives to achieve this mission through a community-friendly approach that enhances safety through the visibility of security personnel, preventive patrols, 24-hour accessibility, positive conflict resolution, and crime-prevention and awareness programs. Drake Security collaborates with local law enforcement and community organizations in fulfilling its mission.

In addition to their role in keeping the campus community safe, Drake Security officers also are trained to assist in medical emergencies and have access to portable defibrillators for use in emergency situations.

SAFETY FIRST
Drake Campus Security is one of the largest private campus security forces in the state of Iowa, consisting of 20 full-time officers who patrol the campus around the clock and throughout the year. A computerized communications/dispatch post is staffed 24 hours a day to coordinate security activities.

Campus Security officers undergo regular, mandatory training under the direction of certified law enforcement professionals, including an initial 30-day training period that includes areas ranging from conflict resolution and use of force to diversity and CPR.

Our security force conducts routine patrols to enhance the safety of our campus by deterring crime before it happens. Security officers work closely with the Des Moines Police Department in preventing crime in our surrounding neighborhood and, when necessary, making arrests and investigating crimes.

The presence of the Des Moines Police Department Traffic Unit is another strong deterrent to crime on or near the Drake campus. Housed in a University-owned building at 1222 24th Street, the DMPD Traffic Unit facilitates direct interaction between the DMPD, Campus Security, members of the Drake community and citizens in the surrounding neighborhood.

WEATHERING THE STORM
Drake University received StormReady® certification from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service. The certification signifies that the University is well prepared to respond to threats of severe weather. Drake was the third of four colleges or universities in Iowa to be recognized with the StormReady® designation. While StormReady does not mean stormproof, as StormReady community, Drake is better prepared to save lives and property in the event of severe weather.

WHEN SECONDS MATTER
Using the Blackboard Connect-Ed® program, Drake can reach thousands of individuals in minutes. The program has the ability to store up to six phone numbers per student or faculty/staff member, including campus, cell and home phone numbers, ensuring that time-sensitive messages reach all recipients as quickly as possible. The same messages can also be delivered via e-mail or text message.

DRAKE CARES
Drake’s top priorities include providing a safe environment in which students are mentally and physically able to study, work and play. The University CARE team focuses on prevention by proactively responding to students showing signs of distress such as sadness, anxiousness, irritability or depression. The team meets regularly to provide guidance to faculty, staff and students who are responding to troubled students and preventing campus disruptions. Discussions, recommendations and actions of the team remain confidential to the extent feasible under the circumstances.

Parents are an important partner in the health and safety of the campus community as well. The CARE team may contact parents, when permitted by law1, as a preventative measure when signs of distress have been identified, and the CARE team encourages parents to do the same if they have concerns about their child.

For more information about the Drake CARE team, contact the Dean of Students Office at 1-800-44-DRAKE, x2835.

1Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), schools may disclose education records to parents if (1) the student consents, (2) the student is a dependent for income tax purposes, (3) a health or safety emergency involves their son or daughter, (4) if the student who is under age 21 has violated any law or school policy concerning the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance, and (5) a school official may generally share with a parent information that is based on that official’s personal knowledge or observation of the student.

SMILE! YOU’RE ON CAMERA
Drake University uses a number of CCTV smart cameras, monitored and recorded 24/7, to enhance safety in student parking lots and other exterior locations.

“WHO YOU GONNA CALL? 811!”
A total of 50 security phones that connect directly to Campus Security are located inside buildings and in heavily traveled outdoor locations across campus. You also are encouraged to call Campus Security from the residence halls and campus offices whenever you observe something that concerns you.

KEEPING YOUR CAMPUS HOME SAFE
Front desk receptionists are on duty in every Drake residence hall 24 hours a day. All hall doors are locked at night and the main doors are locked at 11 p.m. If you or a guest enters any residence hall — even your own — after 11 p.m., you must present identification.

Any guest must be accompanied at all times by a hall resident. You must leave your Drake ID card or driver’s license with the receptionist when visiting a residence hall other than your own. To be admitted to other campus buildings after business hours, you may also be required to show your ID to a monitor — not to hassle you, but to protect your safety.

PROTECTING YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY

  • Call Campus Security. No matter how trivial an incident seems, or how harmless an unknown visitor appears, call Security any time of the day or night. The emergency number is 811 and the non-emergency number is 2222.
  • In case of fire or if an ambulance is needed, you should first call the Des Moines emergency number, 9-911, from any campus phone. Follow that call with a call to Drake Security. You should have your street address available when you call the Des Moines emergency number. If you need help in contacting Security or any public authorities, ask your resident assistant or a University administrator.
  • Three’s a crowd. Don’t walk alone. Muggers and thugs don’t like company. Walk close to the curb, away from bushes, alleys or driveways. Stay in well-lit areas when walking at night and call a friend for an escort if necessary. If you must walk alone, let someone know when to expect you.
  • Keep yourself in the dark. Always pull your curtains or shades after dark. Never dress or undress in front of windows.
  • Keep good company. Think you’re being followed?  Head immediately for a heavily used area. If you’re close to a building with people inside, go in and stay awhile. Call Security.

PROTECTING YOUR STUFF

  • Locks don’t work unless you use them. Most thefts on campus occur in unlocked rooms. If you have a problem with your lock, report it immediately to residence services.
  • Keep your eyes peeled. If you see someone suspicious in your residence hall or office building, ask what he or she is doing or call Security. Salespeople are not allowed in the residence halls, and a hall resident must accompany all non-Drake visitors.
  • Keep an eye on your laundry. Clothing can be removed during laundry cycles. If you use off-campus laundry facilities, don’t go alone or late at night.
  • Caution is key. Don’t leave your keys lying around. Don’t lend them to anyone. Don’t leave copies under a mat, behind a desk or in your mailbox. If your keys are taken, report the loss to your residence hall director at once. You can get new keys and have your locks changed for a fee.
  • Make your mark. Operation Identification at Drake helps you identify your belongings. Just call the Des Moines Police Department for an identification number and then engrave it on your property. Police can use the number to identify stolen property as yours and return it to you. Drake will supply an engraver. Ask your resident assistant for more information.

BE RESPONSIBLE — TO YOURSELF AND TO OTHERS
If you are robbed or attacked, report it. When you call Drake Campus Security, describe what you’ve seen or heard. Give the address and location of the incident, the number of people involved, descriptions of the people, details and circumstances, and the license numbers and descriptions of any vehicles involved.

It’s important to report a crime, no matter how insignificant it seems. Sometimes police can fit your problem into a pattern developing in the city. Reporting a crime is one way to help to keep the same person from hurting or stealing from someone else.

If you intend to report a theft to your insurance company, you must file a police report.

KNOW THE LAW

ALCOHOL AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
Drake University believes that it cannot deny persons of legal age the right to use alcoholic beverages, but attempts to discourage the abuse of drinking privileges by expecting students to behave in a legal and responsible manner where the use of alcoholic beverages is concerned.

All federal, state and local laws regarding the unauthorized use, possession, distribution or sale of any alcoholic beverages and controlled substances are in effect on the Drake University campus. Drake University provides education and counseling regarding drug abuse.

A complete description of the University’s policies regarding alcohol and substance abuse may be found in the Student Handbook. Faculty and staff members should contact the Director of Human Resources for a complete description of the appropriate policies pertaining to them.

SMOKING
Effective July 1, 2008, Iowa law prohibits smoking anywhere on the Drake campus. This includes all University buildings and outdoor areas, as well as parking lots and University-owned vehicles. Smoking is also prohibited within personal vehicles parked on Drake property. The regulations can be viewed at www.IowaSmokefreeAir.gov. In addition, a map outlining the Drake University campus is available at .

SEXUAL ABUSE
A complete description of the University’s policies regarding sexual abuse, including procedures for reporting sexual abuse and preserving evidence, can be found in the Student Handbook.

Drake University strongly encourages victims of sexual abuse (including date rape) to report the incident to the authorities and to file a campus disciplinary complaint. Upon the request of a victim of sexual abuse, Campus Security will help the student notify the Des Moines Police Department. Faculty and staff members should contact the Director of Human Resources for a complete description of the appropriate policies and procedures pertaining to them.

Counseling for sexual abuse victims is available through the University’s counseling center as well as through services such as First Call for Help and Victim Services, both of which are listed on this website. Upon the request of a victim of sexual abuse, changes can be made to the victim’s academic, living and work situations to the extent such changes are reasonably available. In addition to possible civil and criminal procedures, Drake may initiate disciplinary procedures and possible sanctions. See the Code of Student Conduct section within the Student Handbook.

SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY
The Federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act requires that colleges and universities advise their campus communities where law enforcement agency information provided by a state concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. The Act also requires sex offenders already required to register in a state to provide notice, as required under state law, of each institution of higher education in that state at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation, volunteers services or is a student.

A registry of sex offenders who have been determined to be of high or moderate likelihood to re-offend is maintained by the State of Iowa at: www.iowasexoffenders.com. For more specific information or to find out which offenders have indicated they attend or are employed by Drake, please contact Detective Erin Lovejoy of the Des Moines Police Department at 515-237-1447 during regular business hours.

WARNING: The information on the Iowa Sex Offender website and the information available to the Des Moines Police Department may be inaccurate, out-of-date and/or incomplete. Reporting to the registry is voluntary on the part of sex offenders. In addition, budget constraints have prevented the sex offender registry from being kept up to date.

WEAPONS AND DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES
The use or possession of firearms, ammunition, explosives, fireworks, incendiary devices, BB guns, imitation guns or any dangerous weapons, substance or material on campus is prohibited except as expressly authorized by the University.

DAMAGE OR DESTRUCTION TO DRAKE PROPERTY BY USE
OF FIRE OR EXPLOSIVES
Pursuant to the Safe Explosives Act, 18 U.S.C. 844(f), persons who maliciously damage or destroy, or attempt to damage or destroy, by means of fire or explosive, any building, vehicle or other property owned by a college or university receiving Federal financial assistance (such as Drake University) may be imprisoned for not less than five years and not more than 20 years, plus receive a fine, or both. If personal injury occurs, then the sentence rises to seven to 40 years, plus a fine, or both. If the conduct causes the death of another, then the perpetrator can be subject to the death penalty, or imprisoned for not less than 20 years to life, fined or both.

MISSING STUDENT NOTIFICATION POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Drake University maintains a policy and procedure pertaining to missing students. All students who reside on campus are given the opportunity to designate a Confidential Contact to be notified in the event it is determined the student is missing.  The completed Confidential Contact designation forms are maintained by Dean of Students Office.

Any person who becomes concerned that a student who resides on campus is missing may file a Missing Person Report with Campus Security. A preliminary investigation will be completed and, unless the student is located within 24 hours of receipt of the Report, the Dean of Students will notify the student’s Confidential Contact if one has been designated and, if the student is under 18 years of age and not emancipated, the Dean of Students will also notify the student’s parents. In addition, Campus Security will notify law enforcement. Drake University’s Policy and Procedures Concerning Missing Students can be located at the Drake Security website at /security/policy.php.

TOOLS FOR TAKING CHARGE
Drake offers programs designed to inform students, faculty and staff about sexual abuse prevention, crime prevention/campus security procedures, and drug and alcohol abuse education.
• Wallet cards with information on what to do if you or someone you know is raped (September)
• Rape Awareness Week (October)
• Sexual assault poster (describes reporting and disciplinary procedures)
• Residence halls’ and Greek houses’ video programs (throughout the year)
• Crime prevention/campus security programs (Go to www.drake.edu/security for more information.)
• Weekly security reports in The Times Delphic
• Monthly meetings of the all-campus Safety and Security Committee
• Self-defense instruction at the Bell Center (throughout the year)
• Operation ID through Campus Security
• Drug and alcohol abuse education programs
• BACCHUS, student organization encouraging responsible alcohol use
• GAMMA, Greek alcohol education organization
• Alcohol Awareness Week (October)
• Safe Spring Break Days (March)
• Drug and alcohol counseling without charge (call the Drake Counseling Center, x3864)
• Drugs in Society academic credit course

OFF-CAMPUS ORGANIZATIONS
Drake Campus Security cooperates with the Des Moines Police Department in monitoring and recording any criminal activities at off-campus student organizations, such as fraternities and sororities, or by members of such organizations.

KEEP THESE NUMBERS HANDY
These contacts relate to Campus Security (dialed on campus).
Dean of Students Office ......................................................... 2835
Drake Counseling Center ....................................................... 3864
Drake Security, Emergency .................................................... 811
Drake Security, Non-Emergency ............................................ 2222
Des Moines Police, Fire, Ambulance, Emergency .................... 9-911
Des Moines Police, Non-Emergency .......................................9-283-4811
American Republic Student Health Center .............................. 3731
Employee Assistance Program ................................................9-244-6090

ADDITIONAL SERVICES
UNITED WAY 211: 9-211 OR 9-246-6555
United Way 211 is a 24-hour resource and referral service. If you need help or guidance dealing with anything from problems obtaining a passport to sexual assault or emotional troubles, United Way 211 will recommend the appropriate agency.

VICTIM SERVICES: 9-286-3600/9-286-3535
(AFTER HOURS)
Victim Services is a Polk County service operating 24 hours a day and offers counseling and help to victims of sexual assault and other crimes. Counselors can advise victims on who to call and where to turn in a time of crisis.

MORE INFORMATION
For more information on student policies, the Student Handbook and related issues, consult the Dean of Students website at www.drake.edu/dos. To obtain further information on security issues, parking, transportation and escorting services, or to provide feedback to the Security Department, visit the department website at www.drake.edu/security. Or call the security desk, which is staffed 24 hours a day, at 271-2222.

IN THE DRAKE NEIGHBORHOOD:
IN TOUCH AND REACHING OUT
The Drake community extends beyond the borders of our campus into our neighborhood. We work closely with the Drake Neighborhood Association and city officials in a variety of ways, ranging from zoning to nuisance ordinances to appearance.

The Neighborhood Improvement Task Force — consisting of Drake administrators, City of Des Moines department directors, area business owners, church and volunteer organizations, and neighborhood leaders — meets monthly on the Drake campus and continually works to improve and develop the Drake neighborhood. It’s part of being a good community citizen.

NOT A CONTRACT
The information in this report does not constitute a contract. Drake University reserves the right to make changes in policies, procedures and guidelines without giving prior notice.

Annual Fire Safety Report

Introduction
The Higher Education Opportunity Act (Public Law 110-315) (“HEOA”) requires the University to prepare an Annual Fire Safety Report that includes the following information.

Federal Compliance Definition of a Fire:

Pursuant to the HEOA and for purposes of this Report, a “fire” is: “Any instance of open flame or other burning in a place not intended to contain the burning or in an uncontrolled manner.”

Description of each On-Campus Housing Facility

  • Carpenter Hall is a first-year residence hall located at 2900 Forest Avenue.  It has 23 single rooms, 150 double rooms, and 33 triple rooms. For more information, see /life/residencelife/halls/carpenter.php.
  • Crawford Hall is a first-year residence hall located at 1333 30th Street. It has 21 single rooms, 112 double rooms and 30 triple rooms.  For more information, see /life/residencelife/halls/crawford.php.
  • Goodwin-Kirk Hall is an upper-class-students residence hall located at 1215 30th Street.  It has 116 four-person suites, 6 single rooms, and 39 double rooms. For more information, see /life/residencelife/halls/goodwinkirk.php.
  • Herriott Hall is a first-year residence hall located at 2842 Forest Avenue.  It has 22 single rooms, 160 double rooms, and 30 triple rooms.  For more information, see /life/residencelife/halls/herriott.php.
  • Jewett Hall is an upper-class-students residence hall located at 2801 University Avenue.  It has 8 single rooms, 74 double rooms, and 4 triple rooms.  For more information, see /life/residencelife/halls/jewett.php.
  • Morehouse Hall is a residence hall for first-year and upper-class students located at 2803 University Avenue.  It has 18 single rooms, 50 double rooms, and 3 triple rooms.  For more information, see /life/residencelife/halls/morehouse.php.
  • Ross Hall is an upper-class-student residence hall located 1214 31st Street.  It has 31 two-person apartments and 16 four-person apartments. For more information, see /life/residencelife/halls/ross.php.
  • Stalnaker Hall is a first-year residence hall located at 1319 30th Street.  I has 23 single rooms, 192 double rooms and 30 triple rooms.  For more information, see /life/residencelife/halls/stalnaker.php.
  • Drake West Village  is an apartment complex for juniors, seniors, graduated and professional students located at 1315 31st Street.  It has 67 four-bedroom apartments, 52 two-bedroom apartments, 40 one-bedroom apartments and 25 studio apartments.  For more information see http://www.drakewestvillage.com/.

Fire Safety Systems- University Student Housing Facilities

The following Fire Safety System(s) are located at the following university student housing facilities:

 

 

Fire

Sprinkler

Smoke

Fire

Evacuation

Number of

Name

Location

Alarm

System

Detection

Extinguishers

Plans & Placards

Evacuation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carpenter

2602 Forest Ave.

x

x

x

x

x

2

Crawford

1333 30th Street

x

x

x

x

x

2

Goodwin-Kirk

1215 30th Str.

x

x

x

x

x

2

Herriott

2842 Forest Ave.

x

x

x

x

x

2

Jewett

2801 Univ. Ave.

x

x

x

x

x

2

Morehouse

2803 Univ. Ave.

x

x

x

x

x

2

Ross

1214 31st

x

 

x

x

x

2

Stalnaker

1319 30th Street

x

x

x

x

x

2

Fire Drills
During the 2010-11 academic school years, 2 fire drills were held on the university’s campus, each of which was held at a university student housing facility.

University Policies/Rules Regarding Portable Electrical Appliances, Smoking, and Open Flames in Student Housing Facilities

Pursuant to the Safe Explosives Act, 18 U.S.C. § 844(f), persons who maliciously damage or destroy, or attempt to damage or destroy, by means of fire or explosive, any building, vehicle, or other property owned by a College or University receiving federal financial assistance (such as Drake University) may be imprisoned for not less than five years and not more than 20 years, plus receive a fine, or both. If personal injury occurs, then the sentence rises to seven to 40 years, plus a fine, or both. If the conduct causes the death of another, then the perpetrator can be subject to the death penalty, or imprisoned for not less than 20 years to life, fined or both.

/dos/handbook/ Appendix G: Damage or Destruction to Drake Property by Use of Fire of Explosives

  • Smoking on Campus

    The Iowa Smoke free Air Act, smoking is prohibited on all campus grounds, including inside vehicles parked on campus, and inside University vehicles. 
  • Residence Hall Policies

/dos/handbook/appendices/appendixj.php

The Drake University campus is a smoke-free environment as per an Iowa State Law enacted July of 2008. Hookah pipes are not allowed in the residence halls.  Should a resident be found responsible for smoking in their residence hall room, that resident will be assessed a cleaning fee of $250 at the time of the incident.

  • Appliances

/life/residencelife/reslifehandbook.php#appliances
Compact refrigerators are permitted but must meet the following guidelines:

  • The capacity shall not exceed 4.0 cubic feet
  • The unit must operate on 115/120 volts, AC
  • The unit and power cord must be Underwriters Laboratory approved
  • One unit per double room

Microwaves are permitted but must meet the following guidelines:

  • Cannot exceed 700 watts
  • The unit and power cord must be Underwriters Laboratory approved
  • One unit per double room

Failure to adhere to the guidelines may result in blowing of fuses which will affect the occupants of the room and/or floor in which they live.  Because of such incidents removal of the appliance may result.

  • Amplifiers
  • Candles/Incense
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Coffee Maker*
  • Drum Sets
  • Electric Blankets*
  • Electric Guitars
  • Extension  Cords without Surge Protectors*
  • George Foreman Type Grills*
  • Halogen Lamps*
  • Holiday Lights*
  • Hookah Pipes
  • Hot Plates*
  • Humidifiers without Medical Documentation
  • Lava Lamps
  • Masking/Duct Tape
  • Multi-Plug Adapters without Surge Protectors
  • Neon Signs*
  • Pets (except fish)
  • Rope Lights*
  • Space Heaters*
  • Street Signs
  • String Lights*
  • Toaster*
  • Toaster Oven*
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Wireless Routers

*This is in accordance to the Uniform Fire Code and City of Des Moines Housing Code. Drake University carries no insurance covering personal property that may be destroyed by fire. The University suggests that students obtain insurance coverage for all personal property if they do not have such coverage already.

Fire Alarms
Evacuation is mandatory when alarms sound.  Please be sure to locate the fire alarms and exits on your floor.  Your prompt and complete cooperation in case of fire is important for everyone's safety.  Each room is equipped with a smoke detector, but it is not attached to the main hall system.  In case of a fire in your room, you must pull a fire alarm in the hallway to activate the hall system, and then call 911 to report the fire's location and notify a hall staff member.
If an alarm has been sounded, raise your shade, turn on the room light, and check the door for heat.  If the door is hot, block the floor crack with a towel and attempt to signal for help from your window. If the door is not hot, exit your room, close the door behind you, stay near the floor, and leave the building by the nearest exit.  Under no circumstances should you re-enter a burning building.
Remaining in a residence hall during a fire alarm is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and will be dealt with in a disciplinary matter.
Pulling the fire alarms falsely, damaging, or tampering with firefighting equipment (i.e. fire alarms, extinguishers, exit signs, exit doors, fire hoses, smoke detectors, emergency lights or the elevator emergency call button) is considered a serious offense which could result in suspension or dismissal from the University and action by the civil authorities - punishable by a fine and/or jail under the State Code of Iowa.
/life/residencelife/reslifehandbook.php#firealarms

Fire Hazards
Anything which may create a safety or fire hazard is not allowed in the residence halls.
This includes but is not limited to candles, incense, halogen lamps, space heaters, large wall hangings or wall paneling. Residences may not install any doors other than those provided by the university. The use of extension cords and/or multi-plug adapters shall not be used in residence hall rooms unless the device is equipped with a maximum 15-amp circuit breaker and complies with the National Electric Code.
Lighter fluid may be used to refill lighters, but is considered a dangerous combustible. Cooking equipment with exposed heating elements (i.e., toaster, toaster oven, burger cookers, hot plates, coffee makers,) is not allowed in the rooms. Circuits can be easily overloaded by simultaneous operation of electrical equipment such as hair dryers, stereos, televisions and refrigerators.
This policy is in accordance to the Uniform Fire Code and City of Des Moines Housing Code. Drake University carries no insurance covering personal property that may be destroyed by fire. The University suggests that students obtain insurance coverage for all personal property if they do not have such coverage already.
Flammable Materials/Candles/Incense
Burning of candles, incense, and similar materials is a fire hazard and is prohibited in residence hall rooms and on exterior window sills.  Candles may be used only in connection with hall activities in the public areas of the building and with approval of the hall coordinator, and may never be left unattended.  The aroma of incense and scented candles may affect another student's health.  The storage and use of flammable fluid is prohibited.

Procedures for Student Housing Evacuation in Case of a Fire

During certain emergencies it may be necessary to evacuate a building.  Each building head will be provided a designated assembly area outside their building. Those persons evacuating a building should do the following:

In an emergency Drake University must account for all faculty, staff, students and visitors. No one should leave the assembly area prior to being dismissed because it will be assumed that persons unaccounted for are still in the building involved in the emergency.  Emergency Response personnel will be sent to look for all unaccounted persons.

POLICIES FOR FIRE SAFETY EDUCATION AND TRAINING

The City of Des Moines Housing Department and Des Moines Fire Department regularly inspect Drake University Residence Halls and other buildings for fire and safety hazards in conjunction with required City occupancy permits for campus buildings in accordance with City Code.  Copies of various City of Des Moines inspections are held at the Facility Services Department. The Drake University community is served by Des Moines Fire Station #5 which is located just a few blocks west of campus.

More information regarding the Des Moines Fire Department may be found at:  http://www.dmgov.org/departments/fire/Pages/default.aspx   

Campus Security Officers, as well as Campus Facilities Department Duty Engineers are trained in the activation and de-activation of fire alarm systems within campus building.  Most fire alarm systems on campus are electronically connected to the Drake University Campus Security Communications Center which is staffed 24 hours per day. The campus fire alarm systems are tested on a regular basis to insure they are working properly.

Fire Prevention and Safety training for all Facility Service personnel, (administrators, supervisors, electricians/crafts department, grounds department, custodial department, and the engineering department), is held annually each October in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week.

Residence Hall staff is trained in fire prevention to include the actual use of fire extinguishers, fire awareness videos, and smoke training on an annual basis each fall prior to student move in by personnel of the Des Moines Fire Department. 

Security, Facilities Services, and Drake Real Estate Department employees are NIMS, (National Incident Management System), certified to facilitate a proper unified response should a fire occur on the Drake Campus.  This training has been furnished by Polk County Iowa Emergency Management Officials.  More information regarding Polk County Emergency Management may be found at:  http://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/EmergencyManagement/
Drake University Fire Notification List

In the case of a fire, students and employees should report that a fire occurring to the following individuals/organizations:

  • Campus Security Department - On Campus Emergency Telephone #811
  • Des Moines Fire Department – City Emergency Telephone #911

Plans for Future Improvements Related to Fire Safety

  • Continue to adhere to stringent inspections, testing and maintenance of all fire safety systems, equipment and devices.
  • All new facilities will be fully sprinkle and fire alarm systems will be replaced as needed with current technology.
  • Continued review of the campus emergency response plan and related training
  • Add additional exterior security cameras and emergency telephone kiosks for purpose of quicker response and reporting of fire hazards by the campus community.
  • Continue annual fire and evacuation training through actual campus drills.
  • Continue Training of all Residence Hall Staff by Des Moines Fire Department on evacuation, use of fire extinguishers, and alarms
  • Continue the close working relationship between the Des Moines Fire Department, City of Des Moines Housing Inspectors, the Des Moines Police Department, and Polk County Emergency Management Officials to insure fire safety continues to be a high priority at Drake University.

On-Campus Student Housing Facility Fire Statistics: See U.S. Department of Education website at:
 
http://ope.ed.gov/security/

Drake University Fire Log
Drake University maintains a fire log at the public window of the Communication Center at the Department of Campus Security Office, 1227-25th street.  Campus Security staffs this location 24 hours per day and the log is available for public inspection and review at any time.

The “Fire Log” contains all fire reports for the past 60 days. Data included in the log is:

  • The date Reported
  • Case Number
  • Nature of the Fire
  • Date and Time of the Fire
  • The general location of the fire

Drake University will provide information regarding fire log reports older than 60 days within two business days of the request.

Fire data and statistics gathered for the Annual Fire Safety Report will be maintained for 7 years.

Policy Statement

IMPORTANT NUMBERS

Drake Public Safety,
     emergency 811

Drake Public Safety,
    non-emergency - 515-271-2222

- Des Moines police, fire, ambulance,
     emergency - 9-911
-  Des Moines police,
     non-emergency 9-283-4811
- American Republic Student
  Health Center  
     x3731
- Employee Assistance Program
     9-244-6090
- Sexual Assault Information
  www.drake.edu/sexual_assault

(These contacts are all relative to being dialed on campus)

 

 

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